Introducing my painting:
"Return to Me."

copyright: Amy Glasscock


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July 16, 2021.

With all the crazy things that happened in 2020 because of everyone's panic, life was a bit, shall we say, "different". But I believe in looking for the lemonade with the lemons and in hindsight, I realize that God used something stinky to guide us to something our family really loves: BOWLING! And one thing that I really love about bowling are the beautiful and colorful bowling balls that you see. As I painted this I thought a lot about how one of my favorite artists, Wayne Thiebaud, used color, and how he often used different colors on the edges of shapes to make the colors interact in stunning beauty. So I experimented with that on this one and even tried using my ipad to think it through. Which I was inspired to do after seeing an interesting Hockney show here in Houston at the MFAH. Hockney has been experimenting with painting on his ipad these really large beautiful paintings. I like them and all but I still prefer using oil paint myself because there is something more personal about the marks I think.

And after I figured out that I was going to name this one "Return to Me" since it is a ball return (ha ha), I couldn't get the Dean Martin song "Return to Me" out of my head! Painting bowling balls was a nice challenge though. Thank you 2020 for something at least!

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copyright: Amy Mann

Detail of the painting.

"A  painting lives by companionship, expanding and quickening in the eyes
of the sensitive observer.  It dies by the same token.  It is therefore a
risky & unfeeling act to send it out into the world."
-Tiger's Eye Magazine 1947.